Modeling Failure Risk in Buried Pipes Using Fuzzy Markov Deterioration Process

Numerous models have been proposed in the last two decades for the deterioration of buried pipes. The most prominent approach has been the Markovian deterioration processes (MDP), which requires that the condition of the deteriorating system be encoded as an ordinal condition state. This encoding is based on numerous distress indicators obtained possibly from direct and indirect observations, as well as from nondestructive tests. To date, few buried pipes have been inspected and their condition assessed. In addition, the encoding of distress indicators into condition states is inherently imprecise and involves subjective judgment. Furthermore, the consequences of failure for buried pipes are often difficult to quantify precisely due to lack of data. In this paper, a new approach is presented to model the deterioration of buried pipes using a fuzzy rule-based, non-homogeneous Markov process. This deterioration model yields possibility of failure at every point along the life of the pipe. The possibility of failure, expressed as a fuzzy number, is coupled with the failure consequence (also expressed as a fuzzy number) to obtain the failure risk as a function of the pipe age. The use of fuzzy sets and fuzzy techniques help to incorporate the inherent imprecision and subjectivity of the data, as well as to propagate these attributes throughout the model, yielding more realistic results. At the time of submission, adequate and sufficient data to validate the model were not available.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: Pipeline Engineering and Construction: What's on the Horizon? Proceedings of the Pipelines 2004 International Conference, August 1-4, 2004, San Diego, California

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  • Accession Number: 01003299
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0784407452
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2005 3:30PM